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Brien Center Names New Director of Development
10:46AM / Friday, July 12, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Brien Center has appointed Craig Smith as the organization's director of development.

Smith comes to the Brien Center from the Hancock Shaker Village, where he was director of advancement. Smith will have primary responsibility for the agency's fundraising and development efforts, as well as enhancing the Brien Center's external relations in the community.

"Craig brings extensive knowledge of nonprofit organizations, fundraising and the Berkshire community," said M. Christine Macbeth, the Brien Center's president and CEO. "As the Brien Center continues to address an opioid epidemic in our community and a dramatically increased

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Waynick, Haley Lead West Boys Lax to Bay State Games Gold
06:05PM / Thursday, July 11, 2019
WALTHAM, Mass. -- The West boys lacrosse team Thursday afternoon ended its undefeated run through the Bay State Games with a 9-4 win over the Southeast/Coastal squad in the gold medal game.   Mount Greylock's Mac Waynick had a hat trick, and Hoosac Valley's Nate Haley scored twice.   Jacob Coulson, Griffin LaRochelle, Johnny Lewis and Conor Murphy each scored a goal, and Colby Spear and Nick Mee combined to make 11 saves.   Earlier in the day on Thursday, the West wrapped up pool play with an 11-3 win over Central Mass.   Haley, a student at Drury High School who plays for the cooperative team at Hoosac Valley, scored four goals. Wahconah's Ernie Lampron and

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West Boys Lacrosse Team Stays Perfect at Bay State Games
09:24PM / Wednesday, July 10, 2019
WALTHAM, Mass. -- The West team in the Bay State Games boys lacrosse tournament won twice on Wednesday to improve to 3-0.   It opened the day with a dominating win over the Northeast team. In the afternoon, the West came from behind to edge the Southeast/Coastal team, 7-6.   In the morning game, Hoosac Valley’s Nate Haley, a student at Drury High, scored four goals.   Wahconah’s Corey Bazonski had an assist in the win.   In the day’s second game, Chicopee Comp’s Griffin Larochelle scored in the final minute to break a 6-6 tie and keep the West undefeated.   Haley and Wahconah’s Ernie Lampron each scored a goal, and Mount

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Tanglewood, Sevenars, Taconic Music Highlight the Week
by Stephen Dankner, Guest Column
11:23AM / Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Tanglewood enters its second week, and the highlights are many; indeed, every concert will be memorable.
Two examples: The Boston Symphony, led by maestro Andris Nelson, who will be joined by an outstanding assemblage of operatic superstars, performs Giuseppe Verdi's magisterial Requiem, and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchesta (TMCO) showcases Tchaikovsky's fatalistic Symphony No. 6 ("Pathétique"). Symphonies by Copland (no. 3) and Beethoven (no. 4) will also be heard on consecutive dates, along with an all-Bach solo violin recital by the electrifying virtuosa Hillary Hahn.

Don't miss out on the captivating Sevenars Chamber Music Festival, located in South

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CHP Physician Leads Resolution Declaring Health Care 'Basic Human Right'
11:13AM / Wednesday, July 10, 2019

LEE, Mass. — The Massachusetts Medical Society has adopted a resolution first introduced in 2017 by Dr. Michael Kaplan, who works at CHP Lee Family Practice and is a longtime advocate for health care justice.

The resolution reads: "The Massachusetts Medical Society asserts that enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health, in all its dimensions, including health care, is a basic human right. The provision of health care services, as well as optimizing the social determinants of health is an ethical obligation of a civilized society.

Dr. Kaplan is a family medicine physician who is also certified in geriatric medicine. His commitment to health care advocacy is evident

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Harlem Dance, Buddy Guy's Blues, Nat 'King' Cole Stylings Highlight Week
By Grace Lichtenstein, Guest Column
11:00AM / Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Blues, jazz, hip-hop, folk, cabaret — you can catch a bit of everything with the varied pops calendar in our region this week. Big names, too: Dance Theatre of Harlem, Buddy Guy, John Davidson to name a few.

Jacob's Pillow

The 50th anniversary of the beloved Dance Theatre of Harlem is being celebrated July 10-14 at the Ted Shawn Theatre. Co-founded by the late Arthur Mitchell, it is now headed by founding member and former principal dancer Virginia Johnson. This is the troupe's first return to the Pillow in five years.

On the bill are a collection of works from the 21st as well as 20th century: Darrell Grand Moultrie's "Harlem on My Mind," Christopher

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Life Events Can Lead You to See a Financial Advisor
Submitted by Edward Jones,
10:36AM / Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Over the years, you will experience many personal and professional milestones. Each of these can be satisfying, but they may also bring challenges – especially financial ones.

That’s why you may want to seek the guidance of a financial professional. Here are some of the key life events you may encounter, along with the help a financial advisor can provide:

New job: When you start a new job, especially if it's your first "career-type" one, you may find that you have several questions about planning for your financial future, including your retirement. You may have questions about how much you should contribute to your employer-sponsored retirement plan. What

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BFAIR Purchases Redemption Center in North Adams
10:02AM / Wednesday, July 10, 2019

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Family and Individual Resources has purchased the bottle and can redemption center at 1000 Massachusetts Ave.

The center was acquired from David Moresi of Moresi & Associates, with whom BFAIR had been working for several years while the agency managed the customer service portion of the business.

"When the redemption center became available for sale, he approached BFAIR," BFAIR CEO Rich Weisenflue said. "We are grateful for this opportunity to continue to provide employment for individuals with disabilities while also playing an important role in north Berkshire."

Theresa Gelinas, BFAIR's senior vice president of Day

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Berkshire Americans 15U Squad Wins in Slugfest
10:18PM / Tuesday, July 09, 2019
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- Aarron Whitman went 3-for-3 and scored four times Tuesday to help the Berkshire Americans 15-and-under travel baseball team defeat the Capital Renegades, 19-17.   Dylan Harrison and Nick Lescarbeau each had two hits, including a double, in a 17-hit Berkshire attack.   Colby Bleau went 3-for-4 with three RBIs, and Harrison drove in three.   DeGrenier and Bleau split time on the mound, striking out nine between them.   The Americans (3-3) play the Capital City Kings on Friday in Rotterdam.

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Haley Scores Three as West Lax Team Opens with a Win
06:12PM / Tuesday, July 09, 2019
WALTHAM, Mass. -- Drury High student and Hoosac Valley boys lacrosse player Nate Haley had a hat trick on Tuesday to help the West team to a 16-6 win over the Metro in the Bay State Games boys lacrosse tournament.   Wahconah’s Ernie Lampron and Mount Greylock’s Mac Waynick each scored a goal in the win.   Wahconah’s Corey Bazonski contributed on defense, and Hoosac Valley’s Lucas Waterman played midfield for the West, which got faceoff and longstick midfield play from Mount Greylock’s Cole Filson.   The West has two games on Wednesday, playing the Northeast in the morning and the Southeast/Coastal team in the afternoon.   The bronze and gold

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Teams Set for Cal Ripken Western Mass State Tourney Semis
02:24PM / Tuesday, July 09, 2019
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Both Berkshire County teams finished out of the running for a spot in the semi-finals at the Cal Ripken Baseball 9-year-old Western Mass State Championships.   The Williamstown Huskies earned their first win on Monday, beating Marlboro, 16-15, to finish 1-3 in the tournament's National Division.   The Berkshire All-Stars went 0-4 in the tournament's American Division.   The top two teams in each division play in semi-finals, rescheduled to Tuesday after rain over the weekend.   Marlboro faces Hudson at Bud Anderson Field while Douglas plays Nipmuc at the Williamstown Elementary School field.   The two winners will meet Wednesday at Bud

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Berkshires Beat: Kids 4 Harmony Celebrates Success With Summer Gala Concert
11:55AM / Tuesday, July 09, 2019
Kids 4 Harmony

Berkshire Children and Families' Kids 4 Harmony Summer Gala Concert will be held July 15 at 6 p.m. at Berkshire Community College's Robert Boland Theatre in Pittsfield. Special guest artist Emanuel Ax will join Kids 4 Harmony musicians for a concert starting at 7 p.m. Ax is a celebrated Grammy-Award winning pianist who has appeared with the world's greatest orchestras. John and Samantha Williams serve as honorary co-chairs of the event.

Kids 4 Harmony, a free after school program at Morningside Community School in Pittsfield and Brayton Elementary School in North Adams, is inspired by Venezuela's El Sistema, an ensemble-based musical approach with a social

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